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Call for Carla Bruni to sing for Shalit's freedom

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

An Israeli singer has appealed to Carla Bruni to campaign for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who also holds French citizenship, by recording a tribute song.

Amir Benayun, a popular musician in Israel, wrote a letter to Ms Bruni asking her to record the song he wrote about the soldier's plight.

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Controversy over pet cemetery's 'no people' rule

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

A New York woman is engaged in a dispute with state authorities after they ruled that people should not be buried in the same cemeteries as their pets.

Rhona Levy, 61, has long planned to be cremated and have her ashes buried next to her five pets at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, in Westchester. The site is described as "America's first and most prestigious pet burial grounds".

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Israeli honour for Sir James Wolfensohn after Beirut petition

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

The former president of the World Bank has pulled out of a speech at the American University of Beirut because of pressure from anti-Israel activists.

Australian-born Sir James Wolfensohn, who is Jewish, was due to speak at the AUB graduation ceremony on June 25 and be awarded an honorary doctorate.

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IMF: Stanley Fischer too old to be director

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

The International Monetary Fund has blocked the candidacy of Israeli Stanley Fischer in the race to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Mr Fischer, who is 67, had hoped that the organisation would relax rules on its director being no older than 65. But the IMF refused to budge.

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Pretty Woman producer dies in Los Angeles

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

The producer of Pretty Woman and As Good As It Gets has died at the age of 61.

Laura Ziskin had fought a seven-year battle with cancer, during which time she was one of the founders of the charity Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) and helped raise £122m for research.

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Search continues for missing Jewish student

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

The family of a Jewish student from New York, who went missing from her university campus ten days ago, has set up a website in the hope of finding her.

Lauren Spierer, 20, was last seen on the night of June 3, leaving a party with friends at Indiana University. Her keys were found in a nearby alleyway.

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Eli Roth: Russell Crowe was joking with circumcision rant

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

Jewish film director Eli Roth has rushed to the defence of Russell Crowe, after the actor was criticised for calling circumcision "barbaric".

Mr Roth, whose work includes horror films Hostel and Cabin Fever, said Mr Crowe's detractors were "poisoning a very good person's name".

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House prices leaving most Israelis for dust

By Nathan Jeffay, June 10, 2011

It's the worry that is playing on the minds of government officials and Bank of Israel economists.

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Catholics toast their 'Jewish Pub'

By Nissan Tzur, June 10, 2011

Kamil and Izabella Kozlowski are a devoted Polish Catholic couple, but should you drop in to their restaurant in Lublin, you will feel as if you entered a warm Jewish home.

Hummus, cholent, gefilte fish, matzo-bray and even falafel await you, and should you turn up during Rosh Hashanah or Pesach, you will be sat down for a yomtov meal.

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Red faces over MK's visit to far-right party

June 10, 2011

The visit last week of Israeli Deputy Minister for the Negev Ayoob Kara to a far-right Belgian party which has a convicted Holocaust-denier on its board has caused anger within Belgium's Jewish community.

Filip Dewinter, leader of right-wing party Vlaams Belang, hosted Mr Kara in the Flemish Parliament and took him to visit Antwerp North, which is heavily populated by Muslims.

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